Weizmann Quits Presidency of Z. O. and Jewish Agency over Simpson Report Situation

the government’s statement, Dr. Weizmann says that it is incumbent upon him to put his position plainly “before the government now in view of the important issues involved and the decisions announced which affect so vitally the rights and interests of the Jewish people. The British government’s statement reiterates the policy contained in the White Paper of 1922 but it effects profound changes in the policy of 1922 as expressed in eight years of practice and on some material points it differs even from the Simpson report.

“Although the Jewish Agency could hardly accept many of the findings of the Simpson report it would nevertheless have been prepared to seek common ground for cooperation, but the government’s statement which has already hardened opinions into decisions extends no such invitation to the Jewish Agency. It goes a long way towards denying the rights and sterilizing the hopes of the Jewish people regarding the Jewish National Home so far as it is in the power of the government to do so.

“The Council of the League of Nations at its last session warned the Mandatory Power against a policy ‘aimed at crystallizing the development of the Jewish National Home at its present stage of development’ and the Council’s view was accepted without reserve by the accredited representative of the British government. But the measures now announced by the government will produce precisely the results against which the League of Nations raised its warning voice.”

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